January is normally a tough month for new film releases but even so, I’ve managed to scrounge together some films I want to go see in January. Being as I live in Philadelphia and am not sure of what limited release films my city may or may not be getting, I’ve only included releases that will see a wide distribution.
January 6th – The Devil Inside
Maybe it is because of my upbringing as a Catholic, but I love films about exorcism. Early last year we got The Rite, which I kind of liked even if it did not hit all the right notes. This January we get The Devil Inside which looks like it might get the whole religious horror thing down right.
January 13th – Contraband
While he may not have been the best choice to play Nathan Drake in an Uncharted film, I do like Mark Wahlberg as an actor. Contraband though seems more up Wahlberg’s alley. Does it look like a generic action film? Sure, a bit but I think with the cast Contraband has, in addition to Wahlberg, this film should at the very least be entertaining.
January 20th – Haywire
The only thing about Haywire that has me worried is the inclusion of Channing Tatum. Everything else about this Steven Soderbergh, female spy thriller seems to be top notch.
January 20th – Red Tails
Red Tails is a film that has been talked about for years. I think I first remember George Lucas mentioning it back before he filmed The Phantom Menace. The plan for a long time was for Lucas to write and direct the film but fortunately (for all involved) he backed off that idea and instead penned the story idea and let others handle the actual making of the film. For as much crap as Lucas gets, he is a great storyteller and I look forward to seeing his vision (crafted by others) of this historical fighter squadron.
January 20th – Underworld: Awakening
Look, I don’t expect Underworld: Awakening to be any good, in fact I kind of expect it to be absolute garbage, but I am excited to see Kate Beckinsale back in action as the vampire Selene.
January 27th – The Grey
OK, so maybe Unknown was kind of a mediocre film but I still have faith in Liam Neeson. The Grey pits Neeson against the arctic and a pack of hungry wolves, that sounds like a winner to me.
January 27th – Man on a Ledge
I love heist films and Man on a Ledge seems to be an interesting take on the genre. And well… Elizabeth Banks is hot.